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The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) invites expressions of interest from clubs/entities who may be interested in participating in a ‘Pilot Women's National League'.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) invites expressions of interest from clubs/entities who may be interested in participating in a ‘Pilot Women's National League'.


The successful applicants would compete in a pilot 8-team Women's National League - start date to be advised. The future format, size, structure and operation of the Women's National League will be finalised following experience from the initial season.


Any club/entity joining the Women's National League would be required to enter into a Participation Agreement with the FAI, which sets out the terms and conditions under which each participant club/entity in the Women's National League will particiapate. This will include Disciplinary Procedures, Commercial Rules, Anti-Doping Programme and Licensing System. Applicants will be required to meet the requirements of a licensing system which will include strict criteria in relation to:-


• Full use of appropriate stadia
• Specific coaching qualifications for coaches
• Medical cover
• Youth development structure
• Legal make-up of club
• Financial sustainability


Applicant clubs/entities will also be assessed across a range of criteria including; geographical location, sporting, infrastructure, administrative, legal and financial.


Any club/entity interested in making an application for this proposed Women's National League is invited to submit an initial expression of interest to Sue Ronan, Women's Unit Manager, FAI, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15, no later than Friday 30th July 2010 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">email here


A meeting will be held sometime after the above date with interested parties to explain in full the licensing criteria required. Interested parties will subsequently be invited to complete and submit a detailed questionnaire, indicating their interest and how they propose to meet the requirements of the club licensing criteria.

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